Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

General Order No. 14

Click here for General Order No. 14 from Commander-in-Chief Ken Freshley. The Department Commander of California and Pacific, Commander Timothy Reese has requested the revocation of the charters of the Col. Roderick Matheson Camp No. 16 of Cazadero, California and the John A. Logan Camp No. 20 of Los Gatos, California. These Camps have been inactive for some time and has continuously failed to file reports and IRS 990-N’s with the Department. Given this situation, approval of this request is hereby granted in accordance with Article VI, Section 2 and hereby revoke the charters of the Col. Roderick Matheson Camp No. 16 of Cazadero, California and the John A. Logan Camp No. 20 of Los Gatos, California.

Cora Lee Jackson, RIP

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It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Real Daughter Cora Lee Jackson, a resident of Washington, D.C. and active supporter of the Lincoln-Cushing Camp #2. She was born on 20 June 1919 and was the 14th child of Pvt. Alonzo Johnson, a veteran of the Civil War. Her mother was Rosetta Woods-Johnson.

Cora was the last known African American female child of the Civil War. Her father, Private Johnson, was a member of Company F of the 45th Infantry Regiment of the United States Colored Troops, which was part of the 25th Corps. Private Johnson saw service in the final campaigns of the Civil War and was present at Appomattox Court House on 9 April 1865.

In honor of Ms. Cora Lee Jackson’s passing, Commander-in-Chief Ken Freshley has issued General Order No. 12, which states that “the passing of Ms. [Jackson] is one more reminder that we are losing the last living links to the men of the Civil War; she leaves a legacy of commitment that will be carried into the future by her nephew our SUVCW Brother Ricardo Johnson.”

Charles Cox

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It is with deep regret and heavy heart that we announce the passing of Real Son and Brother Charles A. Cox. He was born on 29 November 1915 in Pawnee, Oklahoma.

His father was Joseph H. Cox, who served in the Civil War in Co. F. of the 127th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He participated in the Atlanta campaign under General Sherman, storming Missionary Ridge, and was later captured and sent to Andersonville prison but escaped en route.

Charles himself led a colorful life. He traveled in a covered wagon, courted in a Model T, and served on four continents in the Army. Charles was a SUVCW member of Indian Nation Camp Three in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In honor of Brother Cox and his father, the SUVCW Commander-in-Chief has ordered the national website to be draped in black for 30 days pursuant to General Order #11, Series 2013-2014 (pdf).

Only nine real sons of Civil War Union veterans remain alive today. Click here (pdf) for a list of those nine men.

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Col. John Dinsmoor

A real son of a Civil War veteran has passed away. Brother John W. Dinsmoor, Colonel, USAF (Ret) died on 4 November 2013 at the age of 85. His father was Civil War veteran Pvt. Samuel P. Dinsmoor of Company B in the 116th Ohio Infantry.
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IRS Filings

The SUVCW is not permitted to provide tax advice to individuals or organizations. However, in light of recent changes to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules that may impact camps and departments, the following information is provided to help assist camps and departments remain current and compliant with IRS and SUVCW guidelines.
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Civil War-era veteran laid to rest again

Civil War-era veteran Edwin Ware was laid to rest Monday morning in a long-overdue ceremony at Miramar National Cemetery, made possible by his family’s years-long struggle to find his remains and give him a proper burial. Two of Ware’s grandchildren — ages 90 and 91 — were there, along with other relatives, moved by Ware’s story of service and his hasty burial in 1924 in an unkempt grave that, until recently, was lost to history.

In attendance were to members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, dressed in Union Army garb of the era. One of them, Tom Helmantoler, said a prayer concluding with: “May the soul and body of Private Ware rest in peace once and for all for all time.” Click here to read the full story.